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Our Technicians Discuss How We Clean Windows and Accessories After A Fire In Bremerton

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home covered in soot We can help mitigate fire damage, no matter how it affects your home.

How We Clean Windows and Accessories in a Fire Damaged Bremerton Residence

Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire, is the old saying. It goes both ways, however, and when a fire happens inside of a home in Bremerton, smoke fills it up quickly. Smoke spreads far beyond the area where the flames destroy areas of the residence. As it passes through, gliding across surfaces and swirling around in corners, soot adheres to surfaces.

One area of a home in Bremerton with fire damage where soot accumulates heavily is around the windows. The contrast of cooler temperatures outside and the heat trapped inside help push the smoke into these places. Heavy soiling of the ceiling above windows, notably taller ones that reach closer to the ceiling, is typical. SERVPRO’s technicians know how to get these clean again for you.

Window dressings, including heavy draperies, mini-blinds, and vertical slats, can become saturated with soot. Some larger slats have a fabric covering. When these become saturated with soot, they might seem too damaged for restoration. Just like draperies and valances, we use specific methods to remove the soot from their surfaces. Brushes can smear soot, so we use a gentle vacuum instead. We also use a dry cleaning sponge that pulls soot, other soils, and even bothersome pet hair away from these surfaces.

Before cleaning window dressings, we often take a photo or two of the fasteners to help make sure we reinstall them correctly for you. This includes draperies, as well. We want to make everything “Like it never even happened.” for you.

For cleaning out the crevices and grooves within the window frames, brushes help lift any soot and loosen any hardened residues. Vacuuming afterward eliminates everything and leaves the area clean. Because soot causes odors, any left on screens or near windows can bring unwanted odors into the home when using opened windows to air the place out. Brushing the screens, or replacing them if damaged, can help reduce any smoky odor coming in and possibly resoiling the area.

Our dry sponges also work well to get window glass soot-free, making it easier to clean them before your family returns home or begins using the affected part of the home again. Attempting to clean these before removing the soot results in a smeared mess. Chemicals used in wet cleaning can also drip and then stain areas that otherwise would not have sustained any damage.

SERVPRO of Kitsap County is near Bainbridge Island, and also Silverdale and Port Orchard. Fire damage can upset a family, especially over the winter months. Call (360) 373-1290 for experts who care about your family’s safety and comfort. We can help mitigate fire damage, no matter how it affects your home.

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